August 20-24, 2007
White Cloud Peaks near Stanley Weather
All day every day Rain/snow first two evenings
Idaho (central Idaho)
and then clear and sunny
Fish Species Golden Trout, Grayling, Brook,
Mostly under 12” with a few
Cutthroat, Rainbow, Cutbow hybrid
Cutthroat to 16”.
Flies Used Techniques Comments
Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, Blue Dun, Grasshopper, Pheasant Tail Nymph Mostly dry fly fishing and stripping nymphs
GRAND SLAM! We caught all alpine lake fish species in Idaho in arguably the most beautiful scenery in Idaho.
Directions: Take Fourth of July road on the east side of hwy 75 about 15 miles south of Stanley, ID. The dirt road, suitable for a car, is about 11 miles to the trailhead. No fees.
The trail is a 30 mile loop around the White Cloud Peaks which requires some arduous cross-country and major elevation loss/gain. Several trail sections and a few lakes rise above 10,000 feet. The trail and cross-country adventure took us to approximately 30 lakes with the majority having fish.
For those familiar with the White Clouds, my brothers Justin and Rick from Utah and I hiked to Born Lakes, Four Lakes Basin, Boulder Chain Lakes and Chamberlain Basin. It is a big loop that allows you to see every side of the inspiring Castle Peak. There has been a battle for decades to designate this area as wilderness.
The Geology is fantastic and it offers a myriad of wildlife such as Mountain Goat, Pika, Elk, Deer, Bear, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Weasels, Frogs, Grouse, Eagles and many other birds. We didn’t have the fortune of hearing any of the Wolves that inhabit the area. The